The Wave Film Festival

On July 11th through 17th, we will be enjoying 11 brand new and exciting films from France at the historic Riviera Theatre!

SBIFF's New Home

We have found a new home: the historic Riviera Theatre. The Riviera Theatre will allow SBIFF to expand our current slate of education programs, preserve an important historic landmark, and create a cultural hub for all things film.

32nd SBIFF

Wednesday February 1 – Saturday February 11, 2017
200+ Films + Celebrity Tributes + Panel Discussions + Filmmaker Q&A’s + Daily FREE Community Events + Educational Programs FOR ALL AGES

Kirk Douglas Award

What an amazing evening we had with three remarkable women. We were tremendously honored to present Jane Fonda with the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. Thank you to everyone that supported the evening. All proceeds raised will benefit our educational programs.

Opening Night

SBIFF had the US Premiere of Mark Osborne’s THE LITTLE PRINCE. Mark, Jeff Bridges and Mackenzie Foy joined us to kick off the premiere and the 31st SBIFF.

Maltin Modern Master Award

Johnny Depp received the coveted Maltin Modern Master Award presented by UGG after an intimate and career spanning discussion with award namesake and SBIFF friend Leonard Maltin. Director Scott Cooper presented the award.

Mike's Field Trip to the Movies

SBIFF bussed in 4,000 elementary school kids to watch INSIDE OUT and to hear from writer/director Pete Docter about the art of filmmaking.

American Riviera Award

Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams joined SBIFF to discuss the powerful film SPOTLIGHT. They were presented with the American Riviera Award presented by Engel & Völkers by writer/director Todd McCarthy.

AppleBox Family Films

SBIFF’s AppleBox family films screened 4 films for free to low-income families during the 31st SBIFF and every received complimentary popcorn and refreshments.

Producers Panel

SBIFF’s Producers Panel was moderated by Los Angeles Times’ Glenn Whipp and featured Ed Guiney (ROOM), Finola Dwyer (BROOKLYN), Steve Golin (SPOTLIGHT), Jeremy Kliner (THE BIG SHORT), and Mary Parent (THE REVENANT)

Writers Panel

SBIFF’s Writers Panel was moderated by TOH!’s Anne Thompson and featured Pete Docter (“Inside Out”), Emma Donoghue (“Room”), Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”), Drew Goddard (“The Martian”), Jonathan Herman (“Straight Outta Compton”), Charlie Kaufman (“Anomalisa”), Phyllis Nagy (“Carol”), Charles Randolph (“The Big Short”), and Josh Singer (“Spotlight”)

Virtuosos Award

SBIFF’s Virtuosos Award sponsored by Travel + Leisure was presented to Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy)
Paul Dano (Youth, Love & Mercy), Joel Edgerton (Black Mass), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Géza Röhrig (Son of Saul), Jacob Tremblay (Room), and Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) after a fun conversation with moderator Dave Karger.

Super Silent Sunday

On Super Bowl Sunday, SBIFF presented the classic silent film ROBIN HOOD for free with live accompaniment by Adam Aceto on the Arlington’s Wonder Morton Theatre Pipe Organ.

Outstanding Performers of the Year Award

Saoirse Ronan had an exciting look back on here career with moderator Pete Hammond followed by the presentation of the Outstanding Performers of the Year Award.

Montecito Award

The Montecito Award presented by Hennessy Paradis Imperial was awarded to Sylvester Stallone by his friend Carl Weathers following an inspiring conversation moderated by Pete Hammond.

Artisans Award

Following an insightful conversation with Variety’s Tim gray, the Variety Artisans Award was presented to Carter Burwell (original score – Carol), Hank Corwin (film editing – The Big Short), Mark Mangini (sound editing – Mad Max: Fury Road), Arthur Max (production design – The Martian), John Seale (cinematography – Mad Max: Fury Road), Patrick Tubach (visual effects – Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Diane Warren (original song – The Hunting Ground), and Jacqueline West (costume design – The Revenant)

Outstanding Directors Award

The Oustanding Directors of the Year Award sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter was presented to Lenny Abrahamson (ROOM), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (THE REVENANT), Tom McCarthy (SPOTLIGHT), Adam McKay (THE BIG SHORT), and George Miller (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD) following a great conversation moderated by Scott Feinberg.

Cinema Vanguard Award

Rooney Mara received the Cinema Vanguard Award from director Todd Haynes following a conversation with moderator Joe McGovern.

Women's Panel

SBIFF’s Women’s Panel was moderated by Madelyn Hammond and featured Susan Cartsonis (STOREFRONT PICTURES), Svetlana Cvetko (THE ARCHITECT – Cinematographer), Alison Eastwood (BATTLECREEK – Director), Liz Garbus (WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? – Director), Shannon McIntosh (HATEFUL EIGHT – Producer), and Rosa Tran (ANOMALISA – Producer)

10-10-10 Student Competition

10 groups of high school and college students made 10 short films in 10 days after months of mentorship from industry professionals. Awards were given after a free screening of all films on the last day of SBIFF.

Filmmaker Seminars

At the 31st SBIFF the Engel & Völkers Pavilion hosted daily free filmmaker seminars covering different topics such as documentary, social justice and international filmmaking.

Engel & Völkers Pavilion

at the 31st SBIFF the Engel & Völkers Pavilion was also home to several “Studio Parties” where Passholders could come to grab a cocktail, discuss film, and get a little dancing in.

700 Volunteers

SBIFF would not be able to do what it does without the dedicated and amazing 700 volunteers that help every year! Thank you!

Schedule of Events

The Wave Film Festival ~ FRANCE – July 11 – 17, 2016

Kirk Douglas Award – TBA

32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival – February 1 – 11, 2017


SBIFF’s new home at the historic Riviera Theatre

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has found a new home: the historic Riviera Theatre. The Riviera Theatre will allow SBIFF to expand their current slate of education programs, preserve an important historic landmark, and create a cultural hub for all things film.

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2016 Award Winning Films Announced

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG®, announced today the highly-anticipated winners for its 31st year at a breakfast held in their honor. Ten winning films in as many categories were announced, culminating in the coveted audience award which went to THE CULPABLE.

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Outstanding Directors of the Year Award

Lenny Abrahamson, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Tom McCarthy, Adam McKay and George Miller will receive the 2016 Outstanding Directors of the Year award. They will each be celebrated individually for their films ROOM, THE REVENANT, SPOTLIGHT, THE BIG SHORT and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, respectively. The individual honors will be followed by a joint conversation between the directors on their craft and the landscape of modern day filmmaking. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 11th at the historic Arlington Theatre.

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Montecito Award honoring Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone will receive their prestigious Montecito Award for his critically acclaimed role in Ryan Coogler’s Creed. Given to a person in the entertainment industry whose has made a great contribution to film, the award will be presented to him at a ceremony on Tuesday, February 9th at the historic Arlington Theatre.

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2016 SBIFF Film Lineup Announced

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG, announced today the highly-anticipated line-up for the 31st edition, which will run February 3rd to February 13th, 2016. The festival will offer a vast array of films representing 60+ countries, 52 world premieres and 53 US premieres, along with tributes with the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach.

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Virtuosos Award

SBIFF’s 2016 Virtuosos Award, created to recognize a select group of actors who have distinguished themselves through performances in film this past year, will honor: Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy), Joel Edgerton (Black Mass), Paul Dano (Youth, Love & Mercy) and Jacob Tremblay (Room).

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Opening Night Film + Gala premiering “The Little Prince”

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will open with the U.S. premiere of Paramount Pictures’ “THE LITTLE PRINCE” at the Arlington Theatre on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016. Directed by Mark Osborne and featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, James Franco, Mackenzie Foy, and Benicio Del Toro, “THE LITTLE PRINCE” is based on the classic tale of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Opening Night Film + Gala is co-sponsored by Bella Vista Designs.

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Cinema Vanguard Award honoring Rooney Mara

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Rooney Mara with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Friday, February 12, 2016. The actress will be celebrated for her remarkable role in this year’s Carol alongside Cate Blanchett, who will present Mara with the award at a tribute at the Arlington Theatre.

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Outstanding Performers of the Year Award honoring Brie Larson & Saoirse Ronan

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to present the 2016 Outstanding Performers of the Year award to both Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan on Monday February 8. This is the first time the award will be given to two honorees. Both Larson and Ronan had previously been awarded the festival’s Virtuoso Award, in 2014 and 2010 respectively. The duo will be celebrated for their remarkable performances in Room and Brooklyn.

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